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Executive Producers Ben Morris and Ron Cicero have launched Clutch, a production studio specializing in an integrated approach to design, live-action and visual effects work for both traditional and non-traditional media. Morris previously co-founded full-service post company Fulltank in 2001. Cicero was a partner at design collective The D4D, in addition to producing projects with @radical.media, Crossroads and Prologue; his recent projects include a pop-up fragrance museum for Sephora titled "The Sephora Sensorium." Together, the pair have worked on live action spots, motion graphics, a video game, a Gold Pencil winning pop-up museum, branded web content shortlisted at One Show Entertainment, flash mobs, and video content for an Opera at MIT. Clutch, will represent a roster of six directors: David Edwards, Daniel Levi, Kevin Lau, Clement Bolla, Jens Gehlaar and Eric Stoltz.





DDB Worldwide has appointed Mike Harris as president of DDB West, which is comprised of DDB San Francisco, DDB Los Angeles and Tribal DDB's West Coast operations. Harris will be based out of San Francisco and shares responsibility for running the West Coast operations with CEO Mary Moudry. He joins from twofifteenmccann in San Francisco, where he was partner and chief strategy officer. Prior to that he was director of strategy at TBWA/Chiat/Day.




Independent agency RPA has hired four new creatives. Pete Figel and Alicia Dotter join as creative directors. Most recently working as a freelancer, Figel's reel includes work for Miller Brewing Company, Mars, NASCAR, Orbitz, AT&T and DirecTV. He also spent time working on Apple at Media Art Lab. Dotter joins RPA from Team One, where she was creative director on the Renaissance Hotels and Ritz-Carlton business. Prior to that, she led the iPhone team at Media Arts Lab. John Starr, who will fill a new associate CD/design director role, previously worked at Blitz on Vizio, Pixar, Disney, Microsoft, Sprint, Paramount, FX, Warner Brothers, Pepsi, 2K, Netflix and Activision. Mark Tripp joins as director and senior producer, content, specializing in social campaigns. He is a director, producer and former copywriter, whose work includes social content for Intuit Small Business "Get Business Growing", Honda's "Million Mile Joe" and others.





Production company atSwim has hired Michael Appel as executive producer to work out of its West Coast office. Appel previously worked on SC Johnsons global brand's corporate image campaign with DraftFCB. He has served as executive producer/partner at Bob Gordon Films, head of the commercial division/executive producer at A Common Thread and executive producer at Coppos Films. He has worked with brands and accounts including Apple, Infiniti, Nissan, Kaiser Permanente, American Express, Honda, Acura, Nike and the HBO network. atSwim has also recently moved into a new office space at 717 N. Highland in Los Angeles.





Composer and pianist, Timo Elliston, has joined Bang Music in New York City where he is currently writing on two television series in addition to the company's spot work. Elliston has created music for shows on Discovery Channel, VH1, TLC and Fine Living as well as for commercials. He has also composed all music for Bang's work on Disney and Marvel apps including: Spider-man, The Jungle Book, Bambi, Mo Willems "Don't Let the Pigeon Run This App", Avengers, Hulk and Toy Story.
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